New West Cumbrian Super-Surgery Will be First in England

Posted on June 8, 2009. Filed under: LIFT, News stories | Tags: |

News & Star | By Pamela McGowan Health reporter | Thursday, 21 May 2009

A group of west Cumbrian GPs have been selected to run an innovative new health centre which will be the first of its kind in England.

David Rogers

David Rogers

NHS Cumbria has agreed to build a £2 million ‘surgery with a difference’ on land at Birks Road in Cleator Moor, which could be up and running by the end of 2010.

The new centre will have much longer opening hours than existing surgeries, with clinics running for 12 hours, seven days a week. It will also provide much more than just GP appointments, with a range of specialist clinics and services being based at the centre.

It will open from 8am to 8pm, offering patients who find it difficult to access GP appointments during office hours much more flexibility.

Family doctors from the existing Flatt Walks and Beech House health centres – which already provide GP services in Whitehaven, Frizington, Egremont, and Cleator Moor – will run the new facility.

It has been set up as part of ongoing plans to improve community health services across Cumbria as part of the Closer to Home initiative. Dr Mike Bewick, NHS Cumbria’s medical director, said: “This is a major investment in the health of people in the Cleator Moor area.

“When open, the new health centre will provide dramatically improved access to GP services – providing patients with more healthcare, closer to home.”

Dr David Rogers, a GP at the Flatt Walks Health Centre, added: “Beech House and Flatt Walks are delighted to have been selected to run what will be a fantastic new health facility for the people of Cleator Moor.

“In addition to the increased access to services in Cleator Moor, the new health centre will enable us to expand the opening hours at our surgery in Frizington.”


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